A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

Henry Ward Beecher -

My Book Collection

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Take a look at all the books that line up my book shelves. You'll better understand what genre of books I'm interested in.

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Book Shelf

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It's a simple design but am very proud of how it looks. This occupies the pride of place in my room. Take a look.

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Latest Blog

What Would You Ask Devdutt Pattanaik?
What Would You Ask Devdutt Pattanaik?

Super thrilled to have Author and Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik agree to come on the First Book Podcast. Imagine a person who has authored 30 books (many of them bestsellers), tell you about his tips, techniques, and secrets of becoming a better author!! The Interview is scheduled for 25th Oct (day after tomorrow). If you had one question about authoring to ask Devdutt, what would it…

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23 Oct 17

The World’s Best Foreign Correspondent Shares Authoring Tips
The World’s Best Foreign Correspondent Shares Authoring Tips

Christina Lamb wrote the bestselling book, ‘I am Malala‘ along with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This is one of her eight books. She has won 14 major awards, including five times ‘Foreign Correspondent of the Year’ and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. So, you can imagine the quality of advice she gave for newbie authors and writers when I interviewed her…

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29 Jul 17

DTNext’s Coverage on First Book
DTNext’s Coverage on First Book

First Book, which actually is my fifth book, got covered by the DTNext Newspaper (part of the Dina Thanthi Group). The book was born out of my personal pain of authoring my first book. Hence, I took up a multi-year project to speak with global best-selling authors to get their advice for first-time authors. This book is a compilation of very useful and powerful advice….

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11 Jul 17

The Singapore Short Story Contest
The Singapore Short Story Contest

To my friends in Singapore who are passionate about writing, I would recommend you participate in this short story contest. I’ve interviewed many bestselling authors in my FirstBook Podcast and many have told me that it was the little things like participating in contests or essay competitions that gave them the belief and confidence to become an author. Go for it. There is prize money…

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06 Jul 17

Finally visited the Anna Centenary Library
Finally visited the Anna Centenary Library

I must’ve passed this library in Chennai atleast a thousand times, each time promising myself I should go and take a look. Well, I finally did it.  The tables next to the huge windows make for excellent resume spots. The greenery of Anna University next door makes the view awesome. The book shelves were very old school but does its job well. 

12 Jun 17

A Revamped Amazon Notes for Mobile. 
A Revamped Amazon Notes for Mobile. 

It was only a few weeks ago that I discovered that Amazon Kindle let’s us access highlights and notes on the Web. While I was ecstatic about this, I could not help but wonder how outdated the UI was. I mean, you can only access it via a desktop. In 2017 when over 80% of access is via mobiles? Seriously?  Well, Amazon was clearly thinking…

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07 Jun 17